The Onion: What Happens If Trump Refuses To Concede Election

Donald Trump has stated publicly multiple times that he may not accept the results of the presidential election if Hillary Clinton is named the victor. Here’s what would happen if Trump refuses to concede.


  • Q: What happens when a presidential candidate doesn’t concede?

    A: As per the Constitution, each candidate is allowed to take their supporters and start a new country.

  • Q: Why might Trump refuse to concede?

    A: While experts are divided, a lifetime spent never hearing the word “no” from anyone is probably a good guess.

  • Q: Is there a danger violence could break out?

    A: Thankfully, only if Trump displays a tendency toward inciting his supporters to extreme anger.

  • Q: Could there be rioting?

    A: Not technically, since the individuals causing property damage and starting fires will most likely be white.

  • Q: Should I be worried?

    A: If you haven’t already been horrified for the last 16 months, there’s probably no point in starting now.

  • Q: What legal recourse does Trump have for challenging the election result?

    A: Candidates wishing to dispute the outcome of a national election must file a motion with the District of Columbia Small Claims Court between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays.

  • Q: What does Trump risk by not conceding?

    A: Fanning the flames of violence, delegitimizing the United States government, but most of all, missing out on a valuable life lesson.

  • Q: Does something like this have historical precedent?

    A: Yes.

  • Q: In America?

    A. Oh, God no!

  • Q: When does somebody step in to ensure this doesn’t get out of hand?

    A: Ideally, sometime around August 2015.

  • Q: Is this what a crumbling empire looks like?

    A: Yup!

  • Q: What will happen to Clinton if Trump doesn’t concede?

    A: She will become president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

8 thoughts on “The Onion: What Happens If Trump Refuses To Concede Election

  1. Nothing will happen. Trump simply loses. They don’t have to shake hands or play nice. They represent polarized opposites. The fights over this polarization will continue. But with Hillary in the White House and control of the Senate, we can have progress instead of stagnation or regression.

  2. ..
    thank the gods for “The Onion”..
    gotta’ have a “snark + a smile” every now and then..
    ‘cuz I don’t drink..
    and I don’t do drugs.
    HA! ☺

  3. Doesn’t it also depend on who is really behind Trump and his campaign? Steve Bannon, and other Alt. Right (white supremacy) folks are going to use Trump to their advantage, whether he wins or not. These folks probably understand Trumps severe personality disorder and narcissism, which is the big draw for his crazy, gun-toting/second amendment, racist followers. We will see, but it there may be some of his gang of followers who will try to disrupt things. Who knows?

  4. Complete idiocy. Al Gore questioned the final results, as he should have, we all remember hanging chads. lol If someone suspects voter fraud and corruption in an election, they have every right to question it. I have to say, I have never, ever seen the holier-than-thou Democratic party behave worse. I’m not a Trump supporter, but you can certainly understand why the American public has had it.

  5. I watched the debate, and I think Donald Trump said something to the effect of ‘we’ll have to wait and see’, not that he wouldn’t concede if Hillary wins. I no longer find any of this humorous. It’s not fair to label voters as all being white supremacists!!! I think the Democratic party has alienated voters from across the entire political spectrum. I also resent making it totally about women. I am a woman, and my identity these days is environmentalist and animal rights/welfare activist first. Gender doesn’t matter; qualifications to do the job, ethics, honesty, and voter confidence is. We should not vote strictly because we want the first woman president.

    I don’t know how to feel about this; on the one hand, I think the American people are entitled to the truth to come out in the wash of all this dirty laundry. On the other, I hope HRC’s name can be cleared and her career unscathed from this. I do wish out of all of these thousands and thousands of emails, there was something about the issue I and many others care about.

  6. It really has been a very stressful election this time. I’ve had to distance myself a little bit. I think the Democrats have run a poor campaign, instead of focusing on issues, just concentrating on defaming Trump. I still don’t know where Hillary stands on many issues, especially the environment. I absolutely don’t want more of the same for a total of 12 or more years, and with Ken Salazar in the picture, I fear that’s what we’ll get. I appreciate the land that has been saved at the end of the administration, but the delistings, non-listings, and ‘all of the above’ energy plans I did not. Not to mention 30-year exemptions from the ESA for wind and solar!

    But, the humor has been a relief – it’s what truly separates man from beast IMO, a good sense of humor. One commenter’s name was “E Deplorubus Unum”. Made me smile.

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